Persepolis

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Anoosh Character Analysis

Marjane’s Uncle who fled to the USSR after Fereydoon is caught and executed for opposing the Shah. He returns to Iran to see his family but, though disguised, gets imprisoned. He becomes a role model for Marjane, who considers him a hero. However, after the revolutionaries take full power they again arrest Anoosh (just because he was anti-Shah does not mean his views accord with the new regime’s). He gets sent to prison again and executed, but not before Marjane gets to speak to him one more time in jail and he gives her a second bread swan.

Anoosh Quotes in Persepolis

The Persepolis quotes below are all either spoken by Anoosh or refer to Anoosh. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the L'Association edition of Persepolis published in 2000.
Moscow Quotes

“Our family memory must not be lost. Even if it’s not easy for you, even if you don’t understand it all.”

Related Characters: Anoosh (speaker), Marjane Satrapi
Page Number: 60
Explanation and Analysis:

After the Revolution succeeds, Marjane's uncle Anoosh, whom she has never met, is released from prison after nine years. He tells her about the trials he endured as a revolutionary, which involved thirty years of exile to the USSR followed by prison in Iran. In this quote, Anoosh warns Marjane of the importance of keeping their family history alive, even though she is young and does not quite understand the pain it has brought. 

Marjane immediately becomes attached to Anoosh upon meeting him for the first time. He is the only member of the family who speaks to her frankly as an equal, rather than only allowing her to hear things of a gruesome or difficult nature by accident like her parents do. As the youngest member of the family, it's suggested that it is Marjane's burden to carry on its triumphs and struggles. Rather than just being a bystander of the members of her family and their roles in the Revolution, she is now an active member. Anoosh gives her a sense of importance and singularity she has not yet felt, and this is why his story impacts her more than any other tale of war she has experienced thus far. 

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Anoosh Character Timeline in Persepolis

The timeline below shows where the character Anoosh appears in Persepolis. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Moscow
Nationalism, Heroism, and Martyrdom Theme Icon
Violence, Forgiveness, and Justice Theme Icon
Children, War, and Growing Up Theme Icon
The Personal vs. the Political Theme Icon
...though none of them are true. She feels lucky when she hears about her uncle Anoosh, who returns to Iran after thirty years of exile. At Marjane’s house, he tells her... (full context)
Nationalism, Heroism, and Martyrdom Theme Icon
Violence, Forgiveness, and Justice Theme Icon
Children, War, and Growing Up Theme Icon
The Personal vs. the Political Theme Icon
While hiding in Moscow, Anoosh received a doctorate in Marxism-Leninism. He got married and had two children, but the marriage... (full context)
The Sheep
Religion, Repression, and Modernity Theme Icon
Nationalism, Heroism, and Martyrdom Theme Icon
Children, War, and Growing Up Theme Icon
During Anoosh’s stay with Marjane’s family, political discussions occur frequently. Anoosh and Marjane’s father wonder about the... (full context)
Religion, Repression, and Modernity Theme Icon
Nationalism, Heroism, and Martyrdom Theme Icon
Violence, Forgiveness, and Justice Theme Icon
Children, War, and Growing Up Theme Icon
The Personal vs. the Political Theme Icon
Gender Theme Icon
Soon after, though Marjane’s parents try to protect Marjane from the fact that Anoosh has been arrested. Nevertheless, Marjane sees through their attempts at giving her a white lie... (full context)
The Passport
Nationalism, Heroism, and Martyrdom Theme Icon
Violence, Forgiveness, and Justice Theme Icon
...her father go to meet a man named Khosro, who spent time in prison with Anoosh. Khosro manufactures fake passports for people seeking to leave the country. He also hides in... (full context)